Given is a BL anime series that aired in Summer 2019. A movie sequel produced by Blue Lynx was released in August 2020, and fans have been waiting for Season 2 ever since. The series was a massive success in Japan and was loved internationally, securing a rating of 8.31 on MyAnimeList.
The story of Given starts with the introduction of Mafuyu Satou, a high school boy, clutching a rusty guitar with broken strings. After a chance encounter with Ritsuka Uenoyama, his classmate who happened to be a guitarist, Satou pleads with Uenoyama to fix his guitar.
Satou accompanies the guitarist to a jam session where he meets his other bandmates, Haruki Nakayama and Akihiko Kaji. Upon discovering his talent for singing, Uenoyama convinces Satou to join their band. Hence, begins a musical journey that will not only make Satou aware of his new budding feelings but will also face his past related to the ownership of the old guitar.
If you love anime like Yuri on Ice, Given is definitely going to be your jam!
1. Release Date
Given Season 2 is yet to be announced. We can expect an announcement for the release in mid-2021, and the come out could be as early as Winter 2022. Season 2 will most likely be renewed after the international release of the Given movie that hit Japanese theatres in August 2020.
Given movie will release on DVD and Blu-ray on February 3, 2021. Crunchyroll also announced that the movie will be available to watch on their service by February 2021.
As of January 2021, there are only 6 volumes in the original manga, 3 out of which have already been adapted. The anime creators might probably wait for the manga to produce more material before renewing the anime for a second season.
2. What to Expect From Season 2
Season 1 of Given mainly focused on the relationship of Ritsuka, the guitarist, and his classmate, Mafuyu, while the movie explored the bond between Haruki, the bassist, and drummer Akihiko. Ugetsu Murata, Akihiko’s ex-boyfriend, also played a significant role in the movie.
Season 2 will continue building upon the existing relationships of the band members. We can also expect the band to experience new musical challenges as they become more experienced and skilled. As always, Season 2 would tug at the audiences’ heartstrings.
Given is quiet the musical rollercoaster! From comedy to romance to heartbreaking backstories, the anime has it all. Perhaps it was a death that triggered our protagonist to choose music in the first place.
3. About Given
Somehow the guitar he used to love to play, and the basketball games that he found, so fun, just lost their appeal…that was until Ritsuka Uenoyama randomly met Mafuyu Sato.
Ritsuka had started losing his passion for music until he heard Mafuyu sing for the first time. The song resonates with his heart, and the distance between them starts to change.